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Rowbarrow, 500m north west of Hedge End Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Winterborne Stickland, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8593 / 50°51'33"N

Longitude: -2.2491 / 2°14'56"W

OS Eastings: 382561.186861

OS Northings: 106671.927772

OS Grid: ST825066

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZC.25R

Mapcode Global: FRA 665T.PLG

Entry Name: Rowbarrow, 500m north west of Hedge End Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 August 1961

Last Amended: 14 February 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013747

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27356

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Winterborne Stickland

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Winterbourne Stickland St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes the remains of a bowl barrow, known as Rowbarrow, 500m
north west of Hedge End Farm. The mound now has a diameter of 22m. Although no
sign of a ditch is visible it will survive as a buried feature c.3m wide. On
the uphill east side the mound survives to a height of c.0.2m while on the
west side the mound is c.0.5m high. This is probably the barrow partly
excavated by Baron Hambro and William Shipp in 1860 when a cremation under an
inverted urn was found on a raised bed of clay following a find earlier of a
secondary deposit of three cremations in urns in the north side of the mound.
Excluded from the scheduling are all fence posts although the ground beneath
these is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Bowl barrows, the most numerous form of round barrow, are funerary monuments
dating from the Late Neolithic period to the Late Bronze Age, with most
examples belonging to the period 2400-1500 BC. They were constructed as
earthen or rubble mounds, sometimes ditched, which covered single or multiple
burials. They occur either in isolation or grouped as cemeteries and often
acted as a focus for burials in later periods. Often superficially similar,
although differing widely in size, they exhibit regional variations in form
and a diversity of burial practices. There are over 10,000 surviving bowl
barrows recorded nationally (many more have already been destroyed), occurring
across most of lowland Britain. Often occupying prominent locations, they are
a major historic element in the modern landscape and their considerable
variation of form and longevity as a monument type provide important
information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisations amongst early
prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period
and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

Despite having been reduced in height by cultivation, the bowl barrow called
Rowbarrow 500m north west of Hedge End Farm is known from excavation to
contain archaeological remains, providing information about Bronze Age burial
practices, economy and environment.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Warne, C, Celtic Tumuli of Dorset, (1886), 14-15

Source: Historic England

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